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Wednesday, 3 October 1906

The PRESIDENT - I have to report that on the Call of the Senate yesterday, five senators were absent. Senators Gray and Pulsford sent excuses on the ground of ill-health. Senators Gould and Sir J. H. Symon sent excuses on the ground of private business, and they could not come. Senator Matheson was absent, and his leave of absence had expired. He sent no excuse, and I must leave it to the Senate to decide whether or not any action shall be taken.

Senator Playford - In the circumstances, sir, I think that it is not necessary to take any action.

Senator Col Neild - What is the use of a Call of the Senate if any honorable senator is to be allowed to take no' notice of it?

Senator Playford - Senator Matheson is in England.

Senator Millen - Surely the object of a call is to give notice to honorable senators, and not to impose penalties ?

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